Florida Supreme Court Rejects Appeal for Man Convicted of Killing Jacksonville Teen Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis, shown left, will have his day in court when Michael Dunn is retried in court for First Degree Murder.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up an appeal by a man convicted in the high-profile shooting death of a teen in a Jacksonville convenience-store parking lot in 2012.

Michael Dunn took the case to the Supreme Court in December after the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled against him in the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

As is common, justices did not explain their reasons Monday for declining to take up the case.

The murder drew national media coverage and came amid increased scrutiny of the deaths of young black men. Dunn is white, while Davis was black.

The shooting came after Davis and three friends stopped at a Gate convenience store and Dunn pulled into an adjacent parking space. The teens were listening to loud music, and Dunn asked them to turn it down.

This undated photo provided by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shows Michael David Dunn, 45, who is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Nov. 23 shooting at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station. Dunn parked beside a sport utility vehicle 17-year-old Jordan Davis was riding in with three other young men and told them to turn the music down, police said. Dunn exchanged words with Davis, who was in the back seat, and started firing, later telling police he felt threatened. (AP Photo/Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

Ultimately, Dunn and Davis exchanged words, and Dunn fired repeatedly into the Dodge Durango that carried the teens.

Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder while discharging a firearm, three counts of attempted second-degree murder while discharging a firearm and one count of shooting or throwing deadly missiles, according to the appeals-court ruling in September.

He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder. At the appeals court, Dunn contended, in part, that he had received “ineffective assistance of counsel” during his trial.

As an example, Dunn argued that his lawyer was ineffective for failing to hire an expert to examine audio from the convenience store’s surveillance video, but the appeals court rejected the argument.

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